HERE IS YOUR CAREER: Auto Mechanic by C. William Harrison

HERE IS YOUR CAREER: Auto Mechanic

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Alternating between a barrage of statistics and folksy ""inside"" looks at typical mechanics, Harrison aims his pitch at those who, if they're not gifted enough to be ""brain surgeons"" or ""computer wizards"" had better look to the career of auto mechanic. He includes a brief review of the career (much credit given to the inventor of the wheel), suggests high school courses, discusses the merits of trade (Ford, GM) and vocational schools, and predicts the employment future. Though the surface look is all-inclusive, the information on schools reads much like an advertisement and the employment forecast is a bland assurance that with all those cars there are bound to be jobs. Given the audience, the presentation is perverse, reminiscent of William Jennings Bryan bombast: ""Competition is a hard and demanding taskmaster."" Off the podium, Harrison resorts to comic book dialogue and cliches, cliches, cliches. See a GPO Employment Outlook Handbook for concise, realistic information and superior writing.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Putnam